Matt Golinski.
Matt Golinski.

Matt Golinski may have to appear before ambulance inquiry

IT IS unclear whether celebrity chef Matt Golinski will have to appear before a high-level inquiry examining the actions of ambulance crews at the fire that killed his wife and daughters.

Mr Golinski is not believed to have instigated the investigation into allegations of a botched ambulance response and possible cover-up.

Yesterday, media reports indicated the investigation had been launched into emergency responders tasked to attend the 2011 Boxing Day fire.

Mr Golinski suffered terrible burns and his wife Rachael,  and daughters Starlia, Sage and Willow were killed.

There are allegations Mr Golinski was left lying on his Tewantin driveway as an intensive care paramedic was dispatched from Maroochydore, instead of nearby Cooroy.

Reports suggested sending the officer, who was on-call at his home in Cooroy, would not have saved Mr Golinski's wife and children, but help would have arrived in 11 minutes rather than almost 29 minutes.

The Queensland Ambulance Service has defended the delays but the claims have sparked an investigation by the Department of Health Ethical Standards Unit.

Mr Golinski's spokeswoman said yesterday that he was not behind theinquiry and would not comment on it.

She said Mr Golinski was focusing on the future and the inquiry was a matter for the Queensland Ambulance Service.


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